Outside Scholarships and Veterans Benefits

Outside Scholarships

The Thomas More Society Scholarship

The Saint Thomas More Society of San Diego announces its annual $500 scholarship intended to recognize scholarship, community service, and service to God as exemplified by our patron, Saint Thomas More. This opportunity is open to Catholic post-secondary students enrolled in the 2016-2017 academic year. For more information and to apply, please see the application

Deadline: October 15, 2016

Amount: $500

The Bonnie Reading Scholarship 

The Bonnie Reading Scholarship Fund was established in memory of long time San Diego family law attorney and certified family law specialist, Bonnie Nelson Reading. The Charitable Contributions Committee of the San Diego Family Law Bar Association participates in the selection of the recipient. The Committee is made up of local practicing Certified Family Law Specialists. There will be one $2,500 scholarship for 2016. The scholarship will be awarded on November 18, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the SDFLBA Annual Norby Award Ceremony. For more information and to apply, please see the application

Deadline: October 21, 2016

Amount: $2,500

Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego and Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego Scholarship

The Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego and Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego will grant five scholarships to eligible individuals to take the California State Bar examination in February 2017 or July 2017. The scholarship will assist in covering the cost of the California State Bar Exam. Eligible individuals must meet the requirements for taking and will be taking the California State Bar exam given in February 2017 or July 2017. As well as, currently attend or recently graduate from any accredited law school in San Diego County, and personally attend the PALSD & FALSD Annual Dinner on Thursday, January 26, 2017 to receive the scholarship.  For further information, and to apply please see the application

Deadline: November 16, 2016

Amount: Varies

Scholarship for Military Families

Craig Orent, USD Law alumnus and founder of Orent Law Offices, is offering a $2,000.00 scholarship specifically for college students whose parents have served in the military. For further information, and application requirements please see their website.

Deadline: November 30, 2016

Amount: $2,000

Justice Hollis G. Best Scholarship

As a memorial to the late Presiding Justice Hollis G. Best, his friends have established a scholarship to encourage and support outstanding academic achievement and commitment to service by law students. The Best Scholarship is an annual award presented this year in the amount of $1,000, during the Spring 2017 semester. More than one scholarship may be awarded. Selection Criteria and Procedures Each candidate must be a law student who has successfully completed at least one year of law school. Strong preference will be given to current residents of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare or Tuolumne Counties. Primary considerations are academic achievement and the breadth and depth of the applicant’s extracurricular and community activities. Financial need and demonstrated leadership capabilities are also taken into consideration. For more information and to apply, please see the application

Deadline: December 31, 2016

Amount: $1,000

The Expert Institute's 3rd Annual Legal Writing Scholarship

The Expert Institute is offering a $2,000 scholarship for the best legal blog post written by a law student on the topic of expert witnesses.To be considered for the scholarship, you must submit a 1,000 to 2,500 word blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation through the online submission portal.  For portal access and more information please see the website

Deadline: December 31, 2016

Amount: $2,000

Writing Competitions

Students can also win monetary prizes and a chance to be published through various writing competitions. Check the writing competitions web page for a list of opportunities.

Veterans Benefits

All School of Law programs are approved for veterans' benefits. Eligible students should contact their regional V.A. office.


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